Sunday, March 29, 2009

ENGA1 Language Development data response part 2

OK, thanks for the responses last time. The Haribo will be with the winners on Tuesday (after I've been paid).

Here's a new one for your revising pleasure. The ages of the speakers are in brackets (years, months). The question is the same as last time: comment linguistically on 5 features of child language that you find interesting. Remember that it's not just a question of picking out things that the children say "wrong", but also looking at what they are saying and what they are achieving, and how this might place them at a certain stage of development.

Liam: Did you hid it in my castle?
Stan: Yes, I hid it in the dungeons.

Liam: They shotted their arrows at the baddy

Dad: It’ll be better watching it at the cinema than on DVD
Liam: Yeah, it’s better dan dat

Liam: The goodies are going on their ship cos they’ve caught a baddie

Liam: The cavemans are laughing

Liam: I’m going to build a whole army of goodies//
Stan: // yeah, cos the baddies are coming

Stan: Don’t do that because you’ll hit the men and they’ll fall over.


Anonymous said...

"the cavemans are laughing" overgeneralisation: adding the regular plural ending "s" to the irregular noun "man"

(3,6)Liam says "goodies" and "baddie" he is using the constonant vowel-constonant vowel (CVCV) structure which is easier to say than two constonants joined.

[2,9] Liam says "...better dan dat" he's substituting the "th" for "d" in "than"

[2,9] Liam says "hid" instead of "hide" wrong tense in the sentence

[2,9] liam says "They shotted" this is applying the regular past tense morpheme "ed" to an irregular verb

Dan said...

Good answer - 5 clear points and technical labels. If you let us have your name, you can claim the fabled haribo prize!

Mildred said...

"don't do that because you'll hit the men and they'll fall over"-Stan's perfect utterance as shown through use of a compound-complex sentence and his proper use of syntax shows he is at the post-telegraphic stage of language development.

"they shotted"- child makes a virtuous error through overgeneralised use of past tense 'ed' suffix.

"better dan dat"-substitution of 'th' sound for'd' to make the word easier to pronounce.

"Did you hid it in my castle"-child has manipulated syntax in order to create a question, sophistication of the utterance is seen through use of auxilliary verb 'did'(to do) as well as the possesive determiner 'my'; the child's language is therefore developing towards the post-telegraphic stage.

"cavemans are laughing"-use of overgeneralised plural ending 's' to form a plural.

Dan said...

That's a good answer, Mildred. Stan will be chuffed that you described his utterance as "perfect".

The haribo could be yours... I'll let the competition run until the last Sunday of the holiday to give others a chance too.

With "did you hid it in my castle" this use of the auxiliary verb "did" seems to be quite a common pattern in children this age. My daughter (who is now 4) often uses the auxiliary "did" to form past tense statements ("I did make it", "I did see it" etc.) rather than use the past tense form "I made" or "I saw" or the over-generalised "maked" or "seeed".